The Gardens at Texas A&M University welcomed 36 pre-K students and 28 kindergartners from St. Thomas Early Learning Center in College Station during the A&M Garden Club’s Plant America Kids Gardening Fair.
The stations included parts of the plant, insect symmetry and what plants need to live. Kids sang songs, crafted paper hats, made butterfly-shaped snacks and explored The Gardens on a bug hunt.
Seven Texas A&M students from Dr. Craig Coates entomology course, a visualization student from Blinn College, and two students from the Junior Master Gardeners office helped prepare materials and conduct activities, said Johanna Roman, program manager for the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M and chair of Global Gardening at the A&M Garden Club.
The event was possible through a grant from National Garden Clubs that the A&M Garden Club received. Ten A&M Garden Club volunteers and a Williamson County Master Gardener helped lead activities during the kids fair.
“We made the horticulture lessons really fun and interactive for them,” Roman said. “We were happy to see so many kids enjoying our gardening lessons. Events like this one help promote the love of agriculture at an early age and teach them a little bit about food production and how to have fun in the garden.”
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